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Chess Fighting Cards + Latest Chess

Hi. First this.

The latest CHESS is out.

This is a Souvenir Issue of the London Classic.

So all the good games, some crackers by the way.
Broken down into manageable chunks by Richard Palliser

Round by round reports, pictures, tables,
loads of interviews, Naka, Keene, Carlsen,
Lawson, Kramnik....

Winning Play from the FIDE rated Open.
Studies and Problems.

A report on Korchnoi's simultaneous display.
This is the usual excellent value for just 3.95.

I knew this would be a great issue. I told (asked nicely) Mrs C. to get in extra copies.

Only one 'Oh No' moment.
The opening sentence in Danny King's 'How Good is Your Chess'

"It's been a while since I featured a game with the Slav Defence..."


To be fair Danny sticks the boot into this anti-chess opening.

"But that doesn't mean I have to like it, let alone play it." he says.

However the introductory paragraphs to this..this...this game, makes interesting reading.

And it's easy to score points in HGIYC when it's a Slav.
White to play and pick up 3 points (think dreary, dull and boring).

12.Bd2 3pts.

So that aside, drag your weary carcass to the Nicholson Sq. McColls,
where a woman who can turn milk into yoghurt just by staring at it will
sell you a copy of CHESS.
At the time of writing this there were just 3 left.

Chess Fighting Cards

The latest craze to sweep the nation.

Buy a large packet of Corn Flakes, empty the flakes into a shoe box.
Print out the Chess Fighting Cards and glue them to the empty Corn Flakes packet.

Cut the cards out very carefully with a pair of scissors.
You should now have 6 Fighting Chess Cards.

The Rules
Two player game. Deal three cards each.
First player plays an opening card.
Second player plays an opening card.
Who ever has the highest opening card wins the opening trick.

Winner of opening trick plays middle game card.
Second player plays middle game card.
Who ever has the highest middle game card wins the middle game trick.

Winner of middle game players the ending card.
Second player plays the end game card.
Who ever has the highest end game card wins the end game trick.

Count tricks. person with most tricks wins the game.
I have designed it so there will not be any draws.
Have fun.

In the coming weeks I'll have more free Fighting Chess Cards
including a triple 7 'Chandler' card and nil point Ruxton.

Every week we look at a topical opening and discuss it in great detail.
This week: The Four Knights

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6

Yup. That's it.

Next week the Three Knights.

Game of the day
Sent to me by a lad on The Red Hot Pawn site.

White plays a delayed King Pawn opening safely heading for
a Philidors Defence a whole tempo down. (smart play).
Black no doubt full of optimism falls for a trick so old that it's mention in Genesis.
(it's a variation of the Blackburne trap. See below).

[Click here to replay the game]
Heinz - A Net Bod

1.e3 e5 2.e4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Bc4 h6 6.c3 dxc3 7.Nxc3 Bg4 8.e5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 Bxd1 10.Bxf7+ Ke7 11.Nd5

And one my recent net games had an instructive and humerous moment.

G.Chandler - Pirate
First this postion arose. White to play.

If you recall a few Corner back I reviewed 'Bxh7' by David Rudel (Thumbs up).
I spotted the salient points.
If only the f8 Rook holds the back rank and the King runs
to g6 then the Queen can take the h-file unchallenged.

1.Bxh7+ Kxh7 2.Ng5+ Kg6 3.Qg4 f5 4.Qh4

Also the unprotected Queen on c7 can sometimes fall victim to skewers.

Staying with the Queen on c7 as in the game.
The instructive point is if Black was under developed...put the c6 Knight back on b8.

And now Black can play 3...Qc2 as a defence because it holds h7.

A defensive trick worth noting because in the 1993 World Open J.Friedman - B.Gulko
Black tempted White to try his luck with the old Classic Bishop Whammo on h7.
Duly tempted White did not see Black's 15.Qxc2 until after Black played it.

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J.Friedman - B.Gulko

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 Ne7 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 b6 8.b4 Qc7 9.Nf3 cxb4 10.Bxb4 a5 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Bd3 Ba6 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Ng5+ Kg8 15.Qh5 Qxc2

Black stops the h7 mate. White stopped the clocks.

In the game after 1.Bxh7+ Black played 2...Kh8.
(Damn, That bit is not covered in the book)

The Blackburne Shilling Trap/Gambit (part 139)

Still trying to find who was the first mix up the traps and
attached Blackburne's name to the wrong trap.

This is not it.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3 mate.

Blackburne himself states it was this trap, or one
of it's many variations that earned him the shillings.

[Click here to replay the game]
The Blackburne Trap

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 4.Nc3 d6 5.d4 Bg4 6.dxe5 Nxe5 7.Nxe5 Bxd1 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Nd5

But don't believe me, don't believe Blackburne, how about Znosko-Borovsky?
In his 'How Not to Play Chess' we find.

So please no more emails, with links, telling me the
Blackburne Trap is the game that finishes with 7...Nf3 mate.

Edward WInter is tracking down the source of the Nf3 mate game.

Chess Note 6479

If you have info on this game that Mr WInter does not already
have then he would like to hear from you. (see his site first).

I understand there is a new book coming out with Blackburne's games.
I hope it's not a bland Fritz mangled effort. This lad was some character
and a brilliant chess player.

First an anecdote from the BCM 1923 - 1932 Anthology (page 116) by O.C.Muller.

Played in Simpsons Divan

A curious little incident occurred one day in connection with Blackburne.
A stranger came in and asked to be introduced to Mr Blackburne.

It was in the winter and I stood near the fireplace watching proceedings.
Blackburne came in from the next room where he had been playing dominoes
with Zukertort. and after the usual intoductions and preliminaries the
stranger agreed to play a game against Blackburne for a shilling.

They tossed for the move and the stranger won the toss but he made
no move whatever for at least 10 minutes.
He then slowly lifted his hand, as if to move the king pawn,
but retired it again rather hastily, and looked again intently
at the board for another 10 minutes. Then Blackburne got up,
placed a shilling on the table and said,

"Sir you are too strong for me, you have won the game. Here is your shilling."

So saying he returned to the next room, where Zukertort was still waiting for him.

And we end with a Blackburne game. Not one of his more famous games,
this was one of 6 played blindfold simultaneously at Hastings in 1896.

[Click here to replay the game]
Blackburne - Amatuer

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 d6 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Nc6 9.Qxc7+ Be7 10.Bg5 Re8 11.0-0-0 Kf8 12.f4 Bxg5 13.fxg5 Re7 14.Rd8+ Nxd8 15.Qxd8+ Kf7 16.Rf1+ Ke6 17.c4 Rd7 18.Rf6+ gxf6 19.Qxf6

and finally...Remember this from the last Corner?

White to play and mate in 2 moves.

Not 3 moves, 2 moves (in passing I reckon I'll get 10 emails saying it's wrong).

Had 3 emails with wrong solution or telling me problem was wrong.
(though I think one was a joke). I said 10 but it's early days yet.

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